Health Alert Network combats bioterrorism

May 2003 News

Increased risk for major bioterrorist activities has raised the need for immediate, secure, and collaborative alerting and content sharing functions, linking emergency medical responders with public health officials. To that end, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has launched the health alert network, a portal solution developed by Dimension Data Holdings to mobilise, educate, and support communities of interest on distinct health threats via a secure platform and intuitive interface.

Dimension Data, a global technology company, developed the health alert network to enable early warning and provide quick distribution of diagnostic and treatment information surrounding unusual disease outbreaks and bioterrorist events. Doctors and hospital workers in New York City now have immediate access and distribution rights to documents such as disease fact sheets, protocols, and clinical guidelines.

The Health Alert Network also contains an alert broadcast system that can send alert messages to local hospitals and the centres for disease control and prevention (CDC) through pagers, cellphones, and e-mail.

For more information contact Dimension Data, 011 709 1000.





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